UNECE Water Convention
UNECE Convention on the protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes


The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes is intended to strengthen national measures for the protection and ecologically sound management of transboundary surface waters and groundwaters.

The Convention obliges Parties to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impact, use transboundary waters in a reasonable and equitable way and ensure their sustainable management. Parties bordering the same transboundary waters shall cooperate by entering into specific agreements and establishing joint bodies. The Convention includes provisions on monitoring, research and development, consultations, warning and alarm systems, mutual assistance, and exchange of information, as well as access to information by the public.

It is expected that countries outside the ECE region will be able to join the Convention as of early 2015.




Place published
Helsinki , Finland
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Signed: 17 March 1992 Entered into Force: 1996